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2010 Paolo Conterno Barolo Riserva Ginestra Nebbiolo
12/3/2019 - Wine Fool Likes this wine:
100 points
This is one of the greatest wines I have ever tasted. In the glass it displays distinct scents of ripe cherries and strawberries, tea roses, tangerine peel, lavender, wood smoke, road tar and fennel. (As the evening wore on these scents became more mingled, complex and lovely.) In the mouth the wine has a glycerin-like weight with luscious flavors of black cherry and plum, mocha, clove, anise and iron minerality. Despite the sheer size of the wine, its flavors are layered and incredibly pure on the palate. This purity is very impressive, as is the rising, ethereal and nearly one-minute finish. The tannins, which are moderately firm, make themselves known in a smooth and cohesive supporting role. While wonderful to drink now it has the power, depth and balance to last at least another twenty years, and gain more nuance and complexity along the way. This is a perfect wine that will be monumental in time. I cannot stop thinking about it.
  • P-M commented:

    1/29/20, 1:37 PM - It is a memorable wine and your note captures it very well.

Red
2011 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle Syrah
12/16/2019 - Hanibal Likes this wine:
91 points
Not the biggest concentration but with air it was getting better. If opening now slow ox for at least 6 hours
  • P-M commented:

    12/19/19, 4:00 AM - The wine has always been a disappointment to me. SadlyI own quite a bit. Contrary to the received opinion I much prefer the Jaboulet ancien regime to the Frey era.

Red
2010 Fattoria Le Pupille (Elisabetta Geppetti) Maremma Toscana Saffredi Red Bordeaux Blend
9/15/2019 - ajeeja wrote:
Very smooth and silky, but somewhat unexciting. I’m rather puzzled as I can’t say why I didn’t enjoyed this as much as I should and wanted to. Worth revisiting and I wouldn’t let this sit in the cellar for too long (drink before 2023)
  • P-M commented:

    9/21/19, 2:35 AM - Exactly how I felt ! Very nice. But the Lafitte of Tuscany? Surely not !

Red
2005 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
8/16/2019 - vin43 Likes this wine:
91 points
Ready to drink. A very good but not great wine.
  • P-M commented:

    8/17/19, 3:18 AM - Why not?

Red
2015 Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore
1/28/2019 - P-M wrote:
90 points
Fresh and lively but not overpowering. Spicy on the palate, very aromatic, white pepper and dark fruit. Expresses the complexity of Nebbiolo in an understated way. Very good QPR
  • P-M commented:

    1/28/19, 12:16 PM - Overpowering acidity *

Red
2016 Giovanni Rosso Barolo Ester Canale Rosso Vigna Rionda Nebbiolo
11/27/2018 - Papies wrote:
Davide Rosso’s mother, Ester Canale Rosso inherited this amazing parcel of the Vigna Rionda, one of the best vineyard sites in Barolo, on the death of her cousin, Tommasino Canale in 2010. Davide Rosso decided to replace a large part of the old vines that had become "exhausted" (about 0.80 hectares), preserving the part of the vineyard planted in 1946 (over 0.40 hectares ). From these seventy years old vines, characterised by very low yields, he makes this fabulous Barolo Vigna Rionda. About these vines, Davide says “only those roots so deep can tell the story of this vineyard”. This iconic parcel has been legendary for many years, thanks to the quality grapes and subsequently the wine that Aldo and Tommaso sold to some of the greatest producers in the region, most notably Bruno Giacosa and Giuseppe Mascarello.
  • P-M commented:

    1/11/19, 8:06 AM - Did you taste it ? Thanks

Red
2005 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Deux Frères Red Rhone Blend
8/12/2018 - P-M Does not like this wine:
86 points
This wine, which was lush and rich when I bought it years ago, has not aged well. It’s dessicated and raisiny, and thought not technically maderised, does feel that way. Not sure what to do with my last 5 bottles. Big disappointment.
  • P-M commented:

    12/22/18, 3:36 AM - My experience also.

Red
2012 Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris Otin Fiorin (Gabutti) Nebbiolo
12/4/2018 - aagrawal wrote:
Paternity Leave (including Thanksgiving); 11/5/2018-12/8/2018: High intensity aromatics, red cherry, slight spice, slight tar which gives it a bit of depth; palate is light bodied, high tannins, youthful and structured, medium alcohol (14.5, holds it well), medium-plus acid; medium-plus length finish. Really young despite a 2 hour decant, but promising. I place this behind the ‘11 and ‘08 for now but ahead of the ‘09 by a large step. No score.
  • P-M commented:

    12/5/18, 4:32 AM - Helpful but why NR ?

  • P-M commented:

    12/5/18, 11:22 AM - Thanks. Was aware But surely this is relevant for the Galloni et alios who make a business out of it, not for mere end users like us (or me at last)?

  • P-M commented:

    12/6/18, 1:18 AM - Thanks much

Red
2009 Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato Nebbiolo
12/5/2018 - AACollection wrote:
Decanted. I know this is young, but I thought it was spectacular (had a 91, 01, and 04 this year). Showed a bit too much oak at the outset, but glorious after about 1.5 hrs. On the nose, light pure cherry, a touch of blood orange, tar, herbs... On the palate, delicate, excellent acidity, soft cherry liqueur, some herbs...and a soft tannic finish. This is certainly somewhat primary at present, but with air, it is stunning. Maybe not as concentrated as the 01, but imo on par with the 04. Yum!
  • P-M commented:

    12/6/18, 1:17 AM - I have had the 2009 several times and I think it is a much underrated vintage of Monprivato. I found it superior to the 2006 which i had recently for instance. Great QPR too.

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1978 Château Mont-Redon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
I had low expectations, but this was stunning. In fact, I'm not sure I believe this is actually a '78. Tasted much more like Burgundy than CdP. Beautiful nose of soft musty crushed red fruit, loads of herbal notes, some leather, and a touch of va. On the palate, soft acidity, some leafy and earthy notes, soft cranberry and pepper with a wet leaf finish. Doesn't show any signs of browning or age...seems like it could last forever.
  • P-M commented:

    3/3/18, 1:03 AM - Welcome to pre Parker CdP! I love this wine too.

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1995 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
Well made but too much blood in there. Bottle is in condition but just not to my taste in this vintage. Might taste again later
  • P-M commented:

    12/10/17, 4:17 AM - Too much blood ?

Red
2003 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle Syrah
11/5/2017 - P-M Likes this wine:
92 points
Really awesome but the main purpose of this note is to share my experience that the wine has to be decanted to be enjoyed, even if not for long. At opening, funky barnyard nose that dissipates with air. Consistent over several bottles, all sourced direct from the domaine. Incredible QPR as pre Frey, underrated LC often are.
  • P-M commented:

    12/2/17, 3:48 AM - 2 bottles in a row fully maderised.

Red
2015 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
10/31/2017 - Double-A wrote:
85 points
Dark berry nose, with cherry liqueur and sweet spice notes. Full and dry with solid, grippy tannins; firm, assertive, spiced finish.
3/5
  • P-M commented:

    11/1/17, 4:06 AM - With all due respect I think rating a particular wine tasted in barrel or unquestionably too young should take into account its potential once mature. Rating it purely based on present gustative quality distorts the rating system since it does not reflect the prevailing consensus on rating methodology. I am just putting it out there for the sake of debate.

Red
2010 Elio Altare Barolo Vigna Bricco Cerretta Nebbiolo
10/2/2017 - GonzaloManzaneda Likes this wine:
80 points
Viñas de 15 años.
Crianza en barricas de roble francés durante 24 meses. Embotellado sin filtrar. Sale al mercado 2 años más tarde, como si fuera un Riserva.
Capa alta.
Nariz concentrada, madera y algo de fruta madura. Astringente y redondito, seguro que mejorará con los años.
  • P-M commented:

    10/3/17, 11:25 AM - It does strike me too as inconsistent with the way the rating system works to rate a wine poorly because it is drunk too young.

  • P-M commented:

    10/4/17, 7:27 AM - Thanks. I would argue that scores need to incorporate a forward looking element in the case of wine that are experienced before even early maturity, anticipating what they might become. If not, no wine tasted young, en primeur or in cask will ever achieve a rating higher than the bottom of the scale and in a way that is misleading. To answer your question, I have not pulled this wine out of storage yet. :-) interesting debate anyway. All the best

Red
1998 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle Syrah
Second of three bottles from Garagiste. I gave this one a two-hour decant based on other notes. The wine was tart with secondary fruit, monolithic and uninteresting but drinkable.
  • P-M commented:

    8/22/17, 10:18 AM - 92 seems like a high score in light of the tasting note ?

Red
1967 Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo Riserva Nebbiolo
7/14/2017 - Rollerball wrote:
Another pristine bottle (now I know how to handle these).

All welcome of course to add to the discussion in the comments on how to best handle these. Also curious what types of sediment and cloudiness others have seen in this wine.
  • P-M commented:

    7/15/17, 5:55 AM - Curious bout that too !

Red
1971 Cantina Mascarello Barolo Nebbiolo
From 1.9L bottle. A very disappointing vintage for Bartolo. Showing some VA, herbs and sweet balsamic - but this seems much more extracted than usual for Bartolo, and medicinal notes show with air. Lacks minty freshness on the finish too. Tannins are a little tough and become drying with air. Whilst the 74 Bartolo over-delivers, this was a surprisingly poor showing for a 71. Drink now. 90pts.
  • P-M commented:

    11/30/16, 4:14 AM - This is likely to be a bottle issue. I have had this wine and it was terrific in accordance with othere reviewers.

Red
2013 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py Gamay
10/14/2016 - gravedee wrote:
I don't know. I wanted to try a high quality Beaujolais to see what all the fuss was about. This is supposedly a good producer. I have to chalk this experience up to my palate not being developed enough or I got a bad bottle. Menthol, earthy, and very little fruit expression. I thought Gamay was supposed to be fruity and easy drinking. This was not -- austere was the term that came to mind. I've got another bottle so maybe my luck will improve in a few years.
  • P-M commented:

    10/16/16, 11:31 AM - Maybe this bottle. This isn't consistent with the two mags I have had of this wine and vintage.

Red
2013 Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Pinot Noir
Clos Vougeot horizontal: 33 wines from the 2013 vintage (Fine+Rare Wine London): This starts out fine, with a promising attack but then is a bit steely and lacks enough ripe fruit to be really appealing. After some time in glass, it remained steely and austere. A disappointing showing from a top producer!
  • P-M commented:

    11/14/15, 12:07 AM - I've had many vintages of Jadots Vougeot and if I may offer an observation it really doesn't reveal anything until 10+ years.

Red
2010 Fattoria Galardi Terra di Lavoro Roccamonfina IGT Aglianico
11/6/2015 - beezer6 wrote:
94 points
Taste at TETE.
Wow, this is a super unique wine. Aromatic profile is all over the place in a great way. Super dirty nose of funky bacon fat, barnyard and straight up dirt.
Dark raspberries and other red berries, molasses, anise and fig.
Killer palate with a long life ahead. Great balance and finesse while showing the brooding force an Aglianico blend can be. Recommended. Hold.
  • P-M commented:

    11/7/15, 2:41 AM - Interesting note, thank you. I love this wine. Just to note it is from Campania, not Tuscany.

Red
2012 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle Syrah
9/17/2015 - Collector1855 wrote:
96 points
P. Jaboulet Aine - Hermitage la Chapelle 1995-2015: One of the the classic names of Hermitage (next to Chave and Chapoutier) which had a quality struggle for a good 15 years until it was bought up by the Frey family in 2006 (Champagne Bilcart Salmon, Chateau La Lagune). Tasting note: PnP, dark purple, wow, this 2012 really rocks. Distinctive Rhone North nose with black pepper, smoke, bbq meat, oak and very ripe dark fruit, deep and complex. On the palate the tannins are present but very soft. No doubt that they found the optimal point of concentration, freshness, structure and fruit in this vintage. Powerful but not heavy, really a great success - a bit lighter and not far off from the 2010. The later will be a monument, (an iconic vintage in Europe, be it CdP, Rhone North, Barolo, Brunello, Bordeaux) even more compact and precise meriting 2-3 points more. However, the smart money goes to the 2012, an unpretentious, cheaper vintage. Kudos to the Frey family for saving this estate from the abyss. Btw, the tannins are so soft you can actually try a bottle now to satisfy your curiosity. 96+
  • P-M commented:

    9/17/15, 6:11 AM - With all due respect, views differ on whether it is really the case that there was a "quality struggle" before the Frey purchase. I personally do not think so, and have tasted a majority of the vintages since the early 90s; but that also explains why you can pick up some 90s La Chapelle at very low QPRs so I will not complain :-)

  • P-M commented:

    9/20/15, 8:42 AM - Thanks. I liked the '88, '94, '95, '97, '98, '01 and '03 very much. '03 is more in the line of recent vintages. The older ones I mentioned will differ in character. Overall however they will be understated and will not wow you like a Chave might. But the class, the sheer breed, of the vineyard is there. And the price, wow, for what is one of the most hallowed hills of French wine culture. Bought lots at auction over the years. Recently purchased again '94, '97 and '98 for GBP 600 / 6 mags. I should not even be writing this, it will give some ideas :-) All the best PM

Red
2010 Fattoria Petrolo Galatrona Toscana IGT Merlot
9/3/2014 - Gilles Ledesma wrote:
96 points
Big nose really good length and huge minerality. A msut have supertuscan. Why wait it is so good right now.
  • P-M commented:

    9/3/14, 11:38 PM - From Campania, in the South :-)

  • P-M commented:

    9/4/14, 11:42 AM - I believe the wine is produced in Campania, not Tuscany.

Red
2002 Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Rouge Pinot Noir
11/30/2013 - burgburgburg wrote:
90 points
Open from a magnum and consumed in six hours. Sweet cherry-driven bouquet initially but keep evolve into a more balanced nose. Simple but a little bit sappy and coarse palate. Good structure for a beanue village. So so QPR.
  • P-M commented:

    12/1/13, 2:38 AM - Not a Villages but a 1er cru ?

  • P-M commented:

    12/1/13, 4:16 AM - Thanks :-)

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2005 Ballot-Millot & Fils Beaune 1er Cru Epenottes Pinot Noir
6/16/2013 - N.Bonaparte wrote:
91 points
2 hour decant- light bodied- medium finish- below average value.
  • P-M commented:

    10/14/13, 10:25 AM - Why 91 points then?

Red
2004 Tenuta Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
9/6/2013 - Pavan wrote:
90 points
Disappointing as this is normally a reliable producer. Most of the fruit was gone and this bottle was clearly past its peak
  • P-M commented:

    9/12/13, 11:53 AM - But sill rated 90 points ?

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